Middlebury College-Men's Basketball

Jeff Brown

Head Coach

Brown enters his 22nd season as the head coach of the men's basketball program at Middlebury in 2018-19. He led the Panthers to six-straight NCAA Tournament appearances (2008-13) with a combined record of 147-26. In 2010-11, the Panthers advanced to the NCAA Final Four, setting a new school record with a 28-2 mark. He was named the NESCAC and NABC District Coach of the Year after the record-setting season.

Brown led the team to 24 wins en route to its first NESCAC Championship in 2008-09. The Panthers also made their second-consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament, as Brown was named the NESCAC and the NABC District Coach of the Year.

He now owns a career record of 357-196 over 21 years at Middlebury, owning a higher winning percentage than any other coach in the program’s history. Brown tallied his 300th career win on January 16, 2016 in a 73-61 victory over Bates. In 2015-16, he guided the Panthers to their third NESCAC title and an NCAA Tournament Second Round appearance. During the 2016-17 campaign, he led the program to the second-most wins in its history with 27 (27-4) and hosted two NCAA Tournament weekends, falling in the NCAA Quarterfinals. The Panthers gained an at-large berth to the NCAA Tournament in 2017-18, advancing to the second weekend of the tournament and finishing with a 21-7 record. Brown has been honored as the NESCAC Coach of the Year five times in his career (2009, 2011, 2012, 2016, 2017).

A 1982 graduate of the University of Vermont, Brown scored more than 1,000 points and earned induction into the University's Athletic Hall of Fame during his Catamount basketball career. He is 10th on the all-time scoring list (1,336 points), second in steals (170), eighth in assists (428) and eighth in field goals made (526). While playing at UVM, Brown averaged 12.7 points and 4.1 assists per game. As a junior, he was an All-New England Honorable Mention selection, and he was elected co-captain as a senior.

After graduation, Brown spent three years (1982-85) as the top assistant basketball coach at Manhattan College in New York, where he built his reputation as a first-rate recruiter and strategist. Three student-athletes he recruited for Manhattan were named Metro Atlantic Conference Rookie of the Year.

Brown returned to his alma mater as an assistant coach for nine years (1985-94). At Vermont, his responsibilities included advance scouting, player development, on-the-floor coaching and game-day preparations. Brown took over the reins of the Bates College program in 1994 as the Bobcats' head coach for three seasons.

He is an inductee into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame as well as the Rockland County (N.Y.) Hall of Fame.